Mike Branca shot a 36 on the first nine holes and shaved one stroke to score a 35 on the last nine holes.
Feb. 13, 2006
ST. GEORGE, Utah - Freshmen Chance Cota and Mike Branca finished the first day of competition at the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invite tied for 15th after finishing with one-under par 71. Overall, Utah shot a one-under 287 on the day. Southern Utah leads the field of 13 with a 10-under 278. The final 18 holes will be played tomorrow at the Sunbrook Golf Course.
Cota shot a 38 on the first nine holes, before improving on the last nine holes with a 33. Branca shot a 36 on the first nine holes and shaved one stroke to score a 35 on the last nine holes.
Nick Carter was the top Ute finisher after shooting a three-under 69 on the first day of competition to finish tied for sixth. Carter shot a 33 on the first nine holes, followed by a 36 on the back nine. However, Carter is competing as an individual at the tournament.
Sophomore Dustin Pimm finished tied for 22nd with an even-par 72. Pimm scored a 38 on the first nine holes, before shooting a 34 on the last nine holes. Fellow sophomore Chris Gresh finished the day tied for 26th. Gresh shot a one-over 73 (34-39). Senior Steve Newren finished tied for 80th after shooting a 10-over 82 on the day.